National Archives, through its National Historical Publications and Records
Commission, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced a partnership
for Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives planning grants. The purpose of the
new grants initiative is to plan for, and build, a sustainable system for the
publication and discovery of digital editions that make historical records
readily accessible to scholars, students, and the American people.
After two decades of experimentation, individual scholarly
editions continue to find it difficult to build and maintain their own digital
infrastructure for creating and disseminating their work, and most producers of
digital scholarly editions lack access to predictable, affordable, and
sustainable publication channels.
Up to $2 million in funding will be provided from the Mellon
Foundation, with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission
assisting in managing the process, including the selection of grant recipients.
David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, welcomed the
partnership. “We are delighted to join with the Mellon Foundation in addressing
a critical need to create long-term sustainable digital editions of historical
records. These Cooperatives will allow projects to share resources and best
practices and to address the pressing questions of scholarly publishing and
online access. It promises to be groundbreaking.”
Donald Waters, Senior Program Officer for Scholarly
Communications at the Mellon Foundation concurred. “The Digital
Revolution has produced a torrent of new sources of evidence in digital formats
that are critical to an understanding of the human condition. Scholars
have been experimenting since the early 1990s with digital methods of
organizing these sources into critical editions that could fuel future research
and teaching. This initiative seeks to identify the best of these
experiments and turn them into durable forms of digital publication.”
Developing the Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives will be a
two-stage process for Planning and Implementation. Up to eight planning grants
will be awarded in December 2017 for the first stage of this multi-year
endeavor. Each project team will consist of a principal investigator and a lead
representative from each of at least three participating editions and the host
institution(s). During the Planning stage, each team will develop a proposal
for implementing a Digital Edition Publishing Cooperative. Planning grants are
for one year and up to $100,000.
All planning teams would be eligible to apply for Implementation
funding. Three implementation grants of between $350,000 and $500,000, each for
up to three years, are expected to be awarded, for a total of up to $1.25
million. Implementation grants will be awarded in September 2019.
The first deadline for
project teams is July 6, 2017.
More details and full
applications for the Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives are available online.
There will be a webinar
about the initiative on March 30, 2017 3:00 p.m. EST. To join
the webinar, go to: https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?ExEventID=89909710 and enter
your name and email address. You do not need to pre-register for
R. Darrell Meadows, Ph.D.
Director for Publishing
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 114
Washington, DC 20408